A woman in her 60s maybe 70s came in today and asked the price of a wig. I said £3 and asked if she was going to a fancy dress? She said no her son liked to dress up. It was obvious she was talking about a mature adult. I wonder if her open answer was encouraged by the programs celebrating the 50 anniversary of much of the laws oppressing the gay and trans community?
I showed her an nicer wig with lovely blonde ringlets – and she bought that one too.
I felt she was liberated and that liberation made me feel freer too.

Sharing: Positively Autistic: A List of (Positive) Autistic Traits — Aspie Under Your Radar

Here’s a list of positive autistic traits I came across the other day from another autistic blog: Sometimes it’s hard to feel positive about being autistic when so much of the presentation of autism focuses on our deficits. In a world that tells us all the ways we are “wrong”, I think it’s important to […]

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‘Calling on’ and Calderstones

Not all that ‘well up’ but thought this piece both passionate and informed. Personal experience of local authorities confirms my opinion that professionals are bound by unworkable systems. I hope that recent and soon to be introduced legislation will help unblock the system and bring real choices and options to learning disabled and other people who need health and social care services.


Todays #justiceforLB advent dedicated to older parents got me thinking. Why don’t the main charities involved in the work around closing ATUs sign up to a ‘ditch the bullshit’ model?  The Winterbourne Concordat in its various guises achieved nothing. Stephen Bubb and his brekkie chums achieved nothing. This week yet another CQC inspection found brutal and inhumane practices at Calderstones NHS Foundation Trust. [Sharp tweeters picked up instantly that Calderstones actually bid for the Ridgeway but were pipped at the post by Sloven, both miles from Oxford…] 


That this latest CQC report barely reached the British media is no surprise. But it did generate a Guardian piece from the holders of learning disability wellbeing in the UK; Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation. Now I have no doubt that both organisations provide invaluable services/support for families/learning disabled people but I increasingly think the bland and repetitive statements that they trot…

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